Wrigley Rendering

The Cubs release renderings of the new and improved Wrigley Field

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The Cubs have released renderings of the proposed renovations to Wrigley Field. They’re not half bad:

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As you can see, the jumbotron is the most obvious change. Less obvious but perhaps more significant is the alteration to the bleachers. Several rows are to be removed so that a party patio thing and new signage can go there. CSN Chicago has the full rundown of all of the proposed changes (all of the artist’s renderings can be seen here) which include expanded concessions, more accessible concourses, more restrooms, overhauled clubhouses and the like.

It’s ambitious. It’s also pretty necessary. Because while the field itself remains beautiful, everything else about Wrigley is antiquated and/or inconvenient. Changes are necessary. And, if the Cubs can get past expected opposition from the people who own the buildings on Waveland Avenue who have historically enjoyed rooftop views into the park, changes are coming.

Diamondbacks sign Gregor Blanco

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Blanco hit a mere .224/.309/.311 in 106 games with the Giants in 2006. It was his worst campaign in his big league career, not counting a 24-game stint with the Braves in 2009. Blanco suffered at least one concussion in 2015 and was on the DL for concussion issues twice that season. There’s no telling if that had anything to do with his subpar year, however.

He’ll fight for a backup job for Arizona, who already has A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas in the outfield.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.